Looking after leases

6 November, 2017

Introduction Looking after leases contains details of claims, relevant cases and legislation affecting retail leases. It is designed to raise your awareness of common problems in commercial and retail lease transactions, and help you protect your practice against claims. Residential leases, crown leases, caravan park site agreements and retirement village agreements are outside the scope of […]

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Small business big risk

26 September, 2017

Introduction Since LPLC published the first edition of Small business – big risk there have been some changes in the legal landscape which are particularly relevant to transactions for the sale of small businesses including the introduction of: the Estate Agents (General, Accounts and Audit) Regulations 2008, which has made substantial changes to both the form and […]

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Confirm agent’s instructions with your client

18 August, 2017

Recently LPLC has received numerous claims where there was ineffective communication between the practitioner and their client after the practitioner had dealt primarily with the client’s agent on the matter. In one claim, the practitioner acted for a lender on instructions from a broker regarding a loan. The practitioner was instructed to register an interest […]

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PPSA claims and changes

1 August, 2017

What are you doing to avoid a Personal Property Securities Act claim? One of the first LPLC blogs was about the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPS Act) (November 2013) and the three little pigs. The message was that the three little pigs had three goes to get it right but practitioners had only […]

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Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cwlth) – background and key concepts

11 July, 2017

Published March 2012 – updated July 2017 The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cwlth) (PPS Act) commenced on 30 January 2012. Since then LPLC has received claims every year for mistakes by practitioners in dealing with PPS Act issues. This bulletin contains background information about the PPS Act and key concepts. Background NB: The PPS […]

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Know your limits

11 May, 2017

Introduction With the proliferation of time limits in legislation today missing limitation dates is a mistake that occurs in many areas of the law. The reasons for missing time limits are varied as are the potential repercussions. Sometimes it is a lack of knowledge by the lawyer that the time limit exists, or failing to […]

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PPSA registrations and the need for perfection

5 May, 2017

When registering security interests on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) the financing statement must be accurate and knowing when to use the ACN and the ABN is critical. Financing statements must list: ACN for corporations ABN for partnerships, trustees and body politics full name and date of birth for individuals even if they have […]

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In Check Issue 73 | December 2016

7 December, 2016

Cyber risk awareness for lawyers and clients We regularly hear stories from law firms about cyber risk issues they are experiencing and to assist in managing this ever increasing, more sophisticated and ongoing threat we recently published a bulletin and checklist on the subject. The bulletin explains how easy it is to be caught out […]

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In Check Issue 70 | March 2016

31 March, 2016

Cyber-crime – how alert are you? Lawyers and the legal profession are increasingly becoming targets of cyber-crime and while many law firms may not appreciate it, they hold information about clients that may be valuable to cyber-criminals. The cyber-criminals can on-sell client personal or transactional information. They can also lock down a firm’s information and […]

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PPS Predicaments

17 December, 2015

What’s hot on the PPS hotline – the common issues and questions facing practitioners Phillip Nolan, Risk Manager, LPLC | 2014 Regional Risk Management Tour | CPD points – 1 PM  

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